I brought Crusoe to my parents' home this Thanksgiving because I had to stay for a few days and he decided to become a tail bitter two days before we left, nipping his tail into a beautiful artistic rendering of shredded paper. I brought him with me to keep an eye on him and keep his water extra clean, as well as providing minor salt treatments to prevent infection.
Since I always forget something, I returned home 7.5 hours later only to realise that I forgot his gravel vacuum at my parents' home to drain in the bathtub. I will be returning to their home for the holidays in almost exactly 3 weeks, so running to buy a new one or having them mail it to me is silly. And, honestly, I cannot afford much right now so it would not be within budget.
I was wondering what a good substitute is for a gravel vacuum BESIDES a turkey baster. I do not have one and do not want to go and buy one since I will have no other use for it. I just treated Crusoe to a new thermometer and floating betta log, so I really want to avoid purchasing anything else unnecessary for the next few weeks. I do have some plastic siphon tubing around here somewhere and although I detest sucking in fish water, I'll do it for the time being to perform 50% water changes on his beautiful cycled 5 gallon tank. However, I do not think the tubing will be strong enough to dig through the gravel effectively enough to suck out poop.
Any suggestions to what I can use? I'm really hoping I happen to have something lying around that I can use for the 3 whole water changes he'll need in that time.